Nissan Invests Two Battery Plants in the UK and Portugal
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Dienstag, den 21. Juli 2009 um 23:59 Uhr
The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced together with the governments of the United Kingdom and Portugal their plans to build two plants for the production of its lithium-ion batteries in Europe.
The two governments have offered to extend financial assistance and other support to ensure that Nissan locates the proposed plants within their respective countries.
After finalizing details and concluding discussions with Her Majesty’s Government, the UK site will be located in Sunderland where Nissan already has an existing manufacturing facility. In Portugal several possible sites for the battery plant have been identified and the final selection will be announced at a later date.
Last November, Portugal became the first European country to sign a final agreement with the Alliance for implementing a zero emission mobility program from 2010. Within this plan, the Alliance will supply its EVs from Spring 2011, and the Portuguese Government will leverage an extensive network of 1.300 recharging stations that will be in place across Portugal over the next 2 years.
The two plants are scheduled to supply the lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to be produced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The projected annual capacity for each plant is 60,000 units. Furthermore, the Renault-Nissan Alliance continues its discussion with other governments in Europe to identify other battery plant locations to meet volume requirements.